Overheating during pregnancy, what does it mean?
Exercising is great for your body as it works your heart and muscles and gives you strength. Since your body works hard when you exercise, it will heat up. However, when it gets overheated it can be bad. It might make you feel dizzy or even faint, and can harm your baby.
This happens because your body isn’t able to regulate its own temperature as well as it did before pregnancy. Thus it’s important to keep your body cool. It’s recommended you drink lots of water while exercising.
How can I stay cool while exercising?
You can take the following precautions to prevent your body from overheating.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration can raise your body temperature. Always keep a water bottle with you.
- Don’t strain yourself. The purpose of exercise during pregnancy is to stay fit while feeling good.
- Always listen to your body. Slow down when you feel tired or run out of breath.
- Avoid exercising in hot and humid weather. The best option during those months is to exercise inside your home or join a gym.
- Do low-impact exercises. They are less likely to raise your body temperature.
How likely am I to overheat during exercise?
If you take ample precautions, you are less likely to overheat your body during exercise.
It’s recommended you don’t use hot tubs, saunas, spas while you’re pregnant. They can overheat your body and harm your baby. You can also keep a thermometer to measure your body temperature if you are worried. Place it under your armpit to check.
Also don’t worry if you are sweating. It’s your body’s natural tendency. Just make sure you keep drinking lots of fluids.
Will my baby get affected if my body overheats?
There have been no conclusive studies that show overheating during pregnancy affects your baby. However, studies done on some animals suggest the newborn might have birth defects.
It is always best to take precautions and not let your body overheat.